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Summary

Hadrian’s Wall self guided walking holiday

Across a world-heritage site, plenty of Roman interest, wild countryside.

No of Nights: 5-6

Stay: Hotel / Guest House / Inn

Grade: Easy-Moderate

Information

Hadrian's Wall self guided walking holiday across a World Heritage Site. Set in superbly wild countryside. This holiday has great appeal, not only for its scenic beauty but for its extraordinary historical interest. The route is interspersed with the renowned remains of Roman forts, milecastles, turrets and museums along the way.

Enjoy

  • walking the most scenic and memorable sections of Hadrian’s Wall, the best-known frontier in the Roman Empire
  • visiting Vindolanda, a world-class archaeological site with an outstanding museum
  • visiting Birdoswald and Housesteads Roman Forts
  • passing en route a 12th century priory, a medieval castle, Roman forts and pretty villages
  • a contrasting walk on the Pennine Way with lakes and a nature reserve
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Tour review scores and score breakdown

10 / 10

Based on 2 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Hadrian's Wall self guided walking.

Guest reviews

  • What a wonderful time we spent exploring Hadrian`s Wall and how fortunate we were with the weather. The walks plus the Roman sites were so interesting and the views just amazing. The hotel was excellent and the standard of the catering was extraordinary. Thank you for all your brilliant organisation.
    - Myfanwy Roberts, Chelsea, London SW10

  • Many thanks for such a lovely holiday along Hadrian's Wall. It was an excellent hotel. We were so lucky with the weather - can't wait to visit Northumberland again at a later stage.
    - Sheila Wardell, Reigate, Surrey

Itinerary

Day One  -  Arrival Day
Arrival in Haltwhistle.

Day Two  -  Lanercost Priory to Greenhead Linear Walk
Explore 12th century Lanercost Priory with its beautiful church housing Burne-Jones stained glass. Enjoy the peace and serenity of this ancient site. Then to Birdoswald Roman fort, once home to 1,000 Roman soldiers, now an important archaeological site with a visitor centre and cafe for lunch.

The afternoon route includes several Milecastles along particularly well-preserved sections of wall. There’s an enticing tea shop in the village of Gilsland to sustain you on your way to today’s destination, the pretty village of Greenhead. (Grade moderate: 8 miles/12.8 km)

Day Three  -  Greenhead to Haltwhistle Linear Walk
14th Century Thirlwall Castle awaits you today, built with stones from the Roman Wall. Its heavily fortified construction reflects the troubles between the Scots and English at that time. Border disputes meant that, for short periods, Thirlwall Castle actually stood in Scotland.

Walltown Quarry provided much of the stone for the wall. Above the quarry, the walk undulates across more superb countryside to eventually finish at Haltwhistle Burn, a delightful riverside path leading back to the hotel. (Grade moderate: 8 miles/12/8 km)

Day Four  -  Steel Rigg, The Pennine Way & Houseteads Circular
The most scenic walk imaginable with fantastic views throughout. There are many ‘ups and downs’ but we’re sure you'll agree the effort is worth while! Contrasting scenery combines best parts of the Wall with stunning, panoramic views, culminating at Housesteads, the most complete Roman fort in Britain.

Then, by branching off on to the Pennine Way after lunch, our route takes you away from the wall for a wonderful, easy afternoon walk with views of the Wall throughout, There's a board walk through a nature reserve skirting picturesque lakes on the way. (Grade moderate: 9 miles/14.4 km)

Day Five  -  Vindolanda Circular
From the valley floor at Bardon Mill our route ascends a secluded wooded valley to the superb Roman fort at Vindolanda. The work being done there is outstanding; it's a 'must see' and the entrance fee is worth every penny. The writing tablets, Britain’s greatest historical treasure, give you a unique feeling of everyday life on the great Wall.

The walk continues in the afternoon to Barcombe Ridge with magnificent views and to heather, fern and rock-clad Thorngrafton Common. (Grade easy-moderate: 5 miles/8 km)

Day Six  -  Departure Day
Today we recommend a morning visit to the wonderful Roman Army Museum, the one place there was no time to include on the walks.

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Hotels

Stay at the excellent Centre of Britain Hotel, Haltwhistle, which dates from the 15th century. The hotel is renowned for its excellent food and wonderful service.

The Grey Bull is an excellent 4-star B&B, not a pub as the name suggests. Also conveniently located in the High Street.

Ashcroft is a 5-star guest house located just off the High Street. It is set in beautiful grounds and the accommodation is luxurious.

All three of the above establishments are highly recommended by us for the standard of their accommodation and for their hospitality and service.

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Grade of the walks

The routes are suitable for anyone of average walking fitness, able to walk up to 9 miles on varied hilly terrain for up to 6 hours with a break for lunch.

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Tour price and costs

Price per person:

from £455 per person for double or twin occupancy

Price includes:

  • En-suite accommodation with English breakfasts
  • Recommendations for dinners
  • Four full-day self guided walks along the best of Hadrian's Wall
  • Comprehensive walks pack with detailed route directions
  • Marked-up Ordnance Survey Map with map case
  • Transport information
  • Commentaries on features of interest
  • Pocket book for identifying common species
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Flights

Rail Travel

Tickets from East Coast Railways approximately £50 return from London if purchased in advance. Journey time approx 4 hours 40 minutes from Kings Cross, changing once at Newcastle.

Manchester International Airport is the nearest airport for travellers from overseas. See Skyscanner.net, a comprehensive comparison site.

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